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3 Graphics To Explain The Present And Future Of Climate Change - Forbes.com

3 Graphics To Explain The Present And Future Of Climate Change - Forbes.com | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
The graphics, created by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Group, explain the state of agriculture at a different point in time - the first at how climate change is impacting the world today, then at the predictions for 2030 and 2050.
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To help translate the IPCC’s 30 chapter report released today, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food (CCAFS) created three infographics. Each looks at the state of agriculture at a different point in time – the first at how climate change is impacting the world today, then at the predictions for 2030 and 2050.

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A shifting climate could mean trouble for one of Africa’s staple crops - Public Radio International

A shifting climate could mean trouble for one of Africa’s staple crops - Public Radio International | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
One of the warnings from the new UN climate change report is food insecurity: It will be harder to grow many crops in parts of the world. That includes staple crops like wheat and rice. The World's Jason Margolis looks at what it could mean in one nation: Kenya.
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“Almost everybody is growing maize [corn], everybody is consuming maize. It’s made into a very thick porridge for the dinner time and into a less thick porridge for the breakfast time,” said Bruce Campbell, director of the climate change and agriculture program at CGIAR, a global food research organization.  

 

“You can get a vision of what happens with any impact on maize if you go back to 2008 when something like 1 million people in rural areas, 4 million in urban areas, were food insecure.”

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Sustainable Intensification in Farming | Big Picture Agriculture

Sustainable Intensification in Farming | Big Picture Agriculture | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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A team of diverse scientists and other experts, having broadened the concept, make a case in a new report published in the journal Science that sustainable intensification is absolutely central to our ability to meet increasing demands for food from our growing populations and finite farmlands. Co-author is Philip Thornton, another ILRI systems scientist and a leader of a multi-institutional team and project in the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

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Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than we thought - domain-B

Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than we thought - domain-B | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than we thought
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The study was financially supported by the NERC EQUIP programme and the CGIAR [formerly Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research] Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), with the financial assistance of the European Union, Canadian International Development Agency, World Bank, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Danida.

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Globalised diet: more food, less diversity, heighten risks to nutrition - domain-B

Globalised diet: more food, less diversity, heighten risks to nutrition
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''International agencies have hammered away in recent years with the message that agriculture must produce more food for over 9 billion people by 2050,'' says co-author Andy Jarvis, director of policy research at CIAT and leader for climate change adaptation with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which CIAT leads.

 

''Just as important is the message that we need a more diverse global food system. This is the best way, not only to combat hunger, malnutrition, and over-nutrition, but also to protect global food supplies against the impacts of global climate change.''

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Climate change and the next Great Famine | TIME

Climate change and the next Great Famine | TIME | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A new study finds that as the planet warms, yields for important staple crops like wheat could decline sharply.
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A new analysis on the impact global warming will have on crop yields, was just published in Nature Climate Change. The news isn’t good: the research, based on a new set of data created by the combination of 1,700 previously published studies, found that global warming of only 2º C (3.6º F) will likely reduce yields of staple crops like rice and maize as early as the 2030s. And as the globe keeps warming, crop yields will keep shriveling unless drastic steps are taken to adapt to a changing climate.

 

As Andy Challinor, a professor of climate impacts at the University of Leeds and the lead author of the study, put it in a statement:

"Our research shows that crop yields will be negatively affected by climate change much earlier than expected…Furthermore, the impact of climate change on crops will vary both from year-to-year and from place-to-place—with the variability becoming greater as the weather becomes increasingly erratic." 

Challinor co-leads research on Adaptation for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) http://ccafs.cgiar.org/themes/long-term-adaptation

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Preparan agenda nacional para reducir el impacto del cambio climático en la agricultura - Proceso.hn

Tegucigalpa - Con un grupo de 54 técnicos, la Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería (SAG), comenzó este miércoles a analizar las acciones, procesos y actores del país, en temas relacionados con la gestión de riesgos climáticos en el sector agricultura, a fin de elaborar una agenda conjunta que facilite la coordinación y complementariedad de las diferentes iniciativas en este campo.
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Con el apoyo del programa Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) y el Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), se elaboró el diagnóstico sobre la problemática, actores y acciones estratégicas en el país, que facilitará la preparación del plan de trabajo conjunto.

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Measuring farm emissions could pay dividends, scientists say - trust.org

Measuring farm emissions could pay dividends, scientists say - trust.org | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A Western Kenya study aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions on small farms while boosting incomes
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John Obuom, a father of eight from Kowala Village, in the Lower Nyando Basin of Kisumu County, is one farmer whose income has increased since he received training in ways of coping with climate change. His training was part of the work of Climate-Smart Villages, model villages set up across West and East Africa and parts of Asia by the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to test a range of crops, technologies and farming methods and work out which are best suited for a particular community.

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CGIAR Launches Projects on Women and Low-Emissions Agriculture in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras - Climate Change Policy & Practice

CGIAR Launches Projects on Women and Low-Emissions Agriculture in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras - Climate Change Policy & Practice | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has initiated three action research projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras as part of its gender strategy, which seeks to advance climate mitigation efforts that benefit both men and women farmers. These projects aim to understand the complex and surprising impacts agricultural practices and climate policies can have on women and local livelihoods.

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The three projects, led by Prolinnova, an international network hosted by CCAFS  and the ETC Foundation, will focus on how women farmers impact, and are impacted  by, local innovations, technologies and agricultural policies across different  cultures, contexts and scales.

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FAO Coordinates Webinar on Gender Dimensions of Climate-Smart Agriculture - Climate Change Policy & Practice

FAO Coordinates Webinar on Gender Dimensions of Climate-Smart Agriculture - Climate Change Policy & Practice | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
With the goal of better understanding the gender dimensions of climate-smart agriculture, a month-long online webinar was held in February 2014 coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).
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In one of the presentations, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) outlined its range of research  activities on gender and agriculture. It highlighted its work with the  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) that uses surveys asking  the same questions to men and women within the same household to better  understand how they respond to different tools, polices and approaches.

 

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Researching the links between Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security - Food Tank

Researching the links between Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security - Food Tank | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Food Tank speaks with Sonja Vermeulen of CCAFS about addressing climate change and improving food security through agriculture.
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Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with Sonja Vermeulen, the Head of Research at the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research’s (CGIAR) program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS). CCAFS is a research institution that brings together the world’s best researchers to address the most important interactions between climate change and agriculture. Speaking with us from London, Vermeulen gave us a look at the work CCAFS is doing to address climate change and improve food security through agriculture. She also highlighted a couple of exciting developments to come in 2014 and gave us her prediction for the next great challenge to food security.

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Africa: World Food Security At Risk As Variety of Crops Shrinks - allAfrica

Africa: World Food Security At Risk As Variety of Crops Shrinks - allAfrica | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
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Eating a less diverse range of crops, for example, could bring health or nutritional problems, but it could also put at risk world food supplies if a dominant crop variety becomes vulnerable to pests or diseases, or to the increasingly unpredictable weather that comes with climate change, according to a new report by CGIAR, a global agricultural research consortium.

 

Andy Jarvis from CIAT is a co-author of the report and also leading CCAFS theme 1, Adoptation to progressive climate change.

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Africa needs multi-sectoral approaches to address impacts of climate change: official - Coastweek Kenya

Africa needs multi-sectoral approaches to address impacts of climate change: official - Coastweek Kenya | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

Photo: Westfall

 

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Genera Jesca Eriyo made the suggestion when addressing the regional workshop on African Agriculture in a changing climate: enhancing the up-take of climate smart agriculture.

The forum was organized by the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and East African Community (EAC).

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The UN's Latest Dire Climate Warnings, Visualized - Fast Company

The UN's Latest Dire Climate Warnings, Visualized - Fast Company | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
If you can't slog through the IPCC's 2,600-page report on the latest dangers of climate change, here are some handy charts and graphs about the new...
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In a medium to high emissions scenario, we can expect mass species extinction, coastal flooding and erosion, a decline in food availability, human health problems, landslides, drought, fire, increased displacement as climate change destroys homes, and much, much more. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) outlines some of the more dire consequences of a high-emissions scenario.

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"Can big data crunching help feed the world?" - An article by BBC News | E-Agriculture

"Can big data crunching help feed the world?" - An article by BBC News | E-Agriculture | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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"War on waste" – Food waste represents one of the major issues: globally, roughly one-third of the food produced for human consumption, about 1.3 billion tonnes per year, is lost or wasted [see BigFacts by CCAFS-CGIAR]. For instance, thanks to a combination of GPS and sensors ( which can monitor humidity, temperature, etc.), ICTs can help monitoring food while it is moved from one location to the other, so to minimize food loss because of poor transportation conditions.

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"War on waste" – Food waste represents one of the major issues: globally, roughly one-third of the food produced for human consumption, about 1.3 billion tonnes per year, is lost or wasted [see BigFacts by CCAFS-CGIAR]. For instance, thanks to a combination of GPS and sensors ( which can monitor humidity, temperature, etc.), ICTs can help monitoring food while it is moved from one location to the other, so to minimize food loss because of poor transportation conditions.

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Conservation agriculture - factors for its successful promotion in Sub-Saharan Africa - IFAD social reporting blog

Conservation agriculture - factors for its successful promotion in Sub-Saharan Africa - IFAD social reporting blog | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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IFAD and the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Organisation (CCAFS) commissioned two studies with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) to identify supporting and hindering factors for the adoption of conservation agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). 

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CCAFS, Guatemala Publish Report on Climate and Food Security - Climate Change Policy & Practice

CCAFS, Guatemala Publish Report on Climate and Food Security - Climate Change Policy & Practice | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food (MAGA) and the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) have released a report highlighting the diverse programmes and research being undertaken in Guatemala to cope with a changing climate. The publication was presented at an event held at MAGA in Guatemala City.
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Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food (MAGA) and the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) have released a report highlighting the diverse programmes and research being undertaken in Guatemala to cope with a changing climate.

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Casanare, ¿víctima del cambio climático? - El Espectador

Casanare, ¿víctima del cambio climático? - El Espectador | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Aunque el Ideam insiste en que las sequías en ese departamento no obedecen al calentamiento global, otra cosa piensan expertos especializados.
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Andy Jarvis, experto en cambio climático del Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), con sede en Colombia, explica que no se puede negar que hoy el clima es más dinámico y que en los últimos 40 años los incrementos de temperaturas se han reportado en todo el mundo. “Vivimos en un planeta golpeado por el calentamiento y lo que hoy está pasando en Casanare es una evidencia más de que cualquier alteración del clima, por pequeña que parezca, puede tener consecuencias devastadoras que cada vez serán más comunes."

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Climate change to reduce crop yields much sooner than thought: Study

Climate change to reduce crop yields much sooner than thought: Study | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that climate change will adversely affect the crop yields around the globe much sooner than previously thought.
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"Our research shows that crop yields will be negatively affected by climate change much earlier than expected," said Andy Challinor of the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and lead author of the study. Challinor co-leads research on Adaptation for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

The study feeds directly into the Working Group II report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, to be published at the end this month. 

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Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than we thought - PR, eurekalert.org

Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than we thought - PR, eurekalert.org | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A study led by the University of Leeds has shown that global warming of only 2 C will be detrimental to crops in temperate and tropical regions, with reduced yields from the 2030s onwards.
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The study was financially supported by the NERC EQUIP programme and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), with the financial assistance of the European Union, Canadian International Development Agency, World Bank, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Danida.

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IITA to host agriculture consultative meeting in Dar next week - Daily News

IITA to host agriculture consultative meeting in Dar next week - Daily News | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
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The meeting brings together all the 15 international agricultural research centers that make up the CGIAR Consortium, among which is Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

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Farming And Nutrition: The Upside And Perils Of Worldwide Food Staples - Science 20

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"International agencies have hammered away in recent years with the message that agriculture must produce more food for over 9 billion people by 2050," said co-author Andy Jarvis, director of policy research at CIAT and leader for climate change adaptation with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which CIAT leads.

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In the Land of the Monsoon, Searching for Innovations to Protect Farmers from Climate Risks - Business Fights Poverty

In the Land of the Monsoon, Searching for Innovations to Protect Farmers from Climate Risks - Business Fights Poverty | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it

 
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Pramod Aggarwal writes for Business Fights Poverty about how farmers in India are adapting to weather extremes and how new innovation approaches can help foster this adaption. 

 

Pramod Aggarwal is the South Asia Regional Program Leader for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

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Increasing homogeneity of world food supplies warns of serious implications for farming and Nutrition - Phys.org

Increasing homogeneity of world food supplies warns of serious implications for farming and Nutrition - Phys.org | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
A comprehensive new study of global food supplies confirms and thoroughly documents for the first time what experts have long suspected: over the last five decades, human diets around the world have grown ever more similar—by a global average of 36 percent—and the trend shows no signs of slowing, ...
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A comprehensive new study of global food supplies confirms and thoroughly documents for the first time what experts have long suspected: over the last five decades, human diets around the world have grown ever more similar—by a global average of 36 percent—and the trend shows no signs of slowing, with major consequences for human nutrition and global food security.

"International agencies have hammered away in recent years with the message that agriculture must produce more food for over 9 billion people by 2050," said co-author Andy Jarvis, director of policy research at CIAT and leader for climate change adaptation with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which CIAT leads. "Just as important is the message that we need a more diverse global food system. This is the best way, not only to combat hunger, malnutrition, and over-nutrition, but also to protect global food supplies against the impacts of global climate change."

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Growing reliance on fewer crops will increase risk of drought and disease - The Guardian

Growing reliance on fewer crops will increase risk of drought and disease - The Guardian | CGIAR Climate in the News | Scoop.it
Results of 50-year study suggest changing food patterns will lead to rise in obesity and global food insecurity
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The world food supply has grown increasingly dependent on a shrinking list of crops, such as wheat and maize, in the past 50 years with major consequences for human nutrition and global food security, according to a new study.

 

The report from the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia documents for the first time what experts have long suspected: over the last five decades, human diets around the world have grown more homogeneous and are showing no signs of slowing.

 

Andy Jarvis based at CIAT and co-author of the report is also leading CCAFS theme 1, Adoptation to progressive climate change.

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